RESTRICTION AS TO WOODEN SHINGLES IN PROVIDENCE.
The Providence, R. I., Common Council has made amendments to the fire hazard bill before it, providing some restrictions in the use of inflammable roofing. In the first district “the roofs of all buildings hereafter erected shall be covered with incombustible roofing, and the roofs of all such buildings when recovered or altered or repaired in whole or in part shall to the extent of such work be repaired with incombustible roofing,” and in commenting on this a Providence newspaper says: “This is a step forward, but the provision permitting the repair of existing shingle roofs may be open to criticism. It is better to discontinue the use of shingles on old buildings than to allow replacements which keep shingles in use for indefinite periods. Hotels, lodging and apartment houses and tenements in the second district are to be covered with fireproof roofing; dwellings not exceeding 45 feet in height are excepted and existing shingle roofs may be repaired. The area to which the rules of the first district may be applied can be defined at any time by ordinances of the City Council. As the bill goes to the Board of Aldermen it is a compromise. It is, of course, much better than nothing, but it might have been made more stringent without subjecting anyone to undue hardship.”